Hillary Clinton to accept Obama's offer of secretary of state job

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  1. givengrace

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    Has anyone else seen this?




    Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

    Obama's advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton's foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

    Clinton would be well placed to become the country's dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.

    Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.

    As part of the coalition-building, Obama today also reached out to his defeated Republican rival, John McCain, to discuss how they could work together to roll back some of the most controversial policies of the Bush years. Putting aside the bitter words thrown about with abandon by both sides during the election campaign, McCain flew to meet Obama at his headquarters in the Kluczynski Federal Building, in downtown Chicago.

    Obama, speaking before the meeting, said: "We're going to have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country." He said he also wanted to thank McCain for his service to the country.

    Asked by a reporter whether he would work with Obama, McCain, who has long favoured a bipartisan approach to politics, replied: "Obviously".

    Sources on both sides said Obama did not offer McCain a cabinet job, but focused on how the senator for Arizona could help to guide through Congress legislation that they both strongly favour.

    Given Obama's status as president-in-waiting, the two met in a formal setting, a room decked out with a US flag, and were accompanied by senior advisers. Obama appeared the more relaxed of the two, sitting with legs crossed, smiling broadly and waving to reporters, while McCain sat stiffly, with a seemingly fixed grin.

    Although the two clashed during the election campaign over tax policy and withdrawal from Iraq, they have more in common than they have differences. They both favour the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, an increase in US troops to Afghanistan, immigration reform, stem cell research and measures to tackle climate change, and oppose torture and the widespread use of wire-tapping.

    Although Democrats made gains in the Senate in the November 4 elections, they fell short of the 60 seats that would have allowed them to override Republican blocking tactics and will need Republican allies to get Obama's plans through. This was highlighted today when the Democratic leadership in Congress announced that a broad economic stimulus package Obama sought was not likely to be passed because of Republican opposition.

    Obama confirmed at the weekend that he would offer jobs to some Republicans. One of the names that crops up most often is Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator who is a specialist in foreign affairs and a critic of the Iraq war.
     
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    That would be a gigantic mistake on her part.

    Her ego would have to get in the way of whatever good sense she has for her to accept the job.
     
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    Well, this is one way of getting control of her seat in the Senate, where she might have undermined his influence and taken credit for herself, particularly in issues of health care reform, and placing her in a position where she will be challenged and share the glory and the pitfalls of success or failure.

    I'm not impressed by the people he has chosen so far to bring about 'change'. So many were already in a position to be doing something...... if they had it in them ....why wait til now?

    McCain... is good riddance for the republican party, even if he remains in it, and it may be a blessing in disguise that he lost: He never represented conservative govenment, and has not always pulled for the vets and POWs, and is a globalist. He certainly showed no backbone when voting for the 850billion dollar pork barrel bailout!
     
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    If Hillary is smart she will stay in the Senate. Is using smart and democrat together an oxymoron?:BangHead: :tonofbricks:
     
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    No it's not. Want to compare academic backgrounds with me?
     
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    Agreeing with your pseudo-conservative ideas is not the definition of intelligence.
     
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    This is a good thing. I am looking forward to the backstabbing leaks and undermining that will come out of her department.:laugh:
     
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    Is this official now or still just speculation??

    I do not think HC is good for this job - she has no foreign policy experience. Travel with her husband the ex-Pres. does not count.

    My father was a career diplomat in the State Dept and so I know a bit about it. You need a hard nosed expert in foreign affairs who is at the same diplomatic. Dealing with the int'l situations today is very complex.
     
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    I haven't heard anything about it on the news tonight. But I got this in an E mail today. I had heard it was a posablity but that was it.
     
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    Will she pass the vetting? She had to hire lawyers to assist with the vetting process. I think that's a first I've ever heard of that.
     
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    Oh, she has tons of foreign experience.

    Remember when she was shot at in Bosnia?

    ...whaddaya mean, she made that up? :D
     
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    It would certainly open up questions about where Bill got his foreign funds from for his library
     
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    :rolleyes: What would that prove?

    Do you need affirmation that you are some kind of pseudo-intellectual?
     
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    I'd like to know where you were educated, if it's not too much to ask.
     
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    Bumping for BaptistBeliever.
     
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    Bumping again, I want to accept yer challenge, oh highly educated one....I know you have seen me bumping this......you don't want me to think yer a chicken now, do you ?



    Peek-a-boo



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    S'matta, you not so proud of that education now ? How's come a well heeled scholar like yourself has to skedaddle outta debates with a hard-knox grad like me ? Asking you to back your views is absolutely useless.

    Why is that ? Why will you brag about your education, put other's down, then ignore the challenges you receive ?

    Why do you come here, BaptistBeliever ?
     
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    Since yer going to chicken out of your own challenge.....

    Perhaps the best thing you could do is NEVER lord your education over another poster, ever again, eh ?
     
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    I see his compromise is he's willing to disclose all future donations... That still leaves favors he may owe which is what we really want to know. I really like that Obama is taking this time to vet her thoroughly so that if there are things better left unsaid they can remain unsaid...

    They say Clinton is worth $110 Mil. Now I believe he gets $400K as xPres. His books weren't top sellers. His speeches aren't that in demand (not at his price)????
     
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